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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SCOTUS Symposium: Most significant volume of U.S. Reports

Something fun to consider: What volume of United States Reports has the greatest number of canonical or important cases, whether legally or historically?

My nominee: Volume 403 (OT 1970), which contains:

Bivens; Cohen; Lemon; New York Times v. US (Pentagon Papers); Griffin v. Breckenridge (§ 1985(3), part of the KKK Act of 1871, reaches private conspiracies); Palmer v. Thompson (this one is anti-canon: Closing community pool to avoid integration OK); Rosenbloom v. Metromedia (no longer good law, but the high point of the expansion of New York Times v. Sullivan); Clay v. United States; and Coolidge v. New Hampshire.

That is a pretty strong batting lineup.

Defend alternative nominees in the comments.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on June 13, 2017 at 09:31 AM in 2018 End of Term, Howard Wasserman, Law and Politics | Permalink


At the risk of exhibiting recency bias, volume 576 (OT 2014) is a doozy:

Obergefell v. Hodges
Johnson v. USA
Texas Dept. of Housing v. Inclusive Communities
King v. Burwell
Ariz. St. Legis. v. Ariz. Indep. Redistricting Comm'n

And those are just the canonical ones. There are many others (Glossip v. Gross, Horne v. Dept of Ag., Walker v. Sons of Confederate Vets, Reed v. Gilbert, Ohio v. Clark) that are also quite important, at least for now.

Posted by: Anon | Jun 15, 2017 3:16:45 PM

We welfare lawyers would pretty clearly pick volume 397 (also 1970):

Goldberg v. Kelly (due process right to notice and hearing)
Rosado v. Wyman (court authority to enjoin 'discreet and severable' cooperative federalism program funding condition)
Dandridge v. Williams (welfare programs assessed under rational basis standard)

Posted by: Mark Regan | Jun 13, 2017 11:22:51 AM

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